Grafik: Nicolai Nørgaard og Mathias Nielsen

Automation can make robustness analysis more efficient

Monday 09 Jul 18


Erik Falck Jørgensen
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Per Goltermann
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Dive deeper into automated robustness analysis

One of the programmes Nicolai Nørgaard og Mathias Nielsen have worked with is Dynamo. They have published an article about their work on Dynamo's online forum. The article can be seen here.

A video that explains the results from the thesis can be seen at YouTube.

The important, but time-consuming, work with robustness analysis of buildings can be made more efficient by using automated workflows.

Nicolai Nørgaard and Mathias Nielsen are both newly graduated Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from DTU. In their joint thesis, they have developed a tool that can make robustness analysis of buildings faster and more comprehensive by using Computational Engineering/Design. 

In short, the thesis is focused on removing loadbearing elements in a building and calculating the consequences for the safety of the building – the so-called robustness analysis, which is an important but time-consuming process.

Wish to make the potential known to the industry 

The thesis is using Building Information Modeling (BIM) for structural analysis. The two civil engineers wish to make this potential known to the industry, and they have started by developing a workflow that can automate the robustness analysis of buildings. But that is not the only type of analysis this workflow can be used for.

“In our thesis we show how it is possible to develop workflows that can make automation of all kinds of structural analysis possible – not just robustness analysis. Workflows like these can help ease manual routine tasks that require many resources even though the level of complexity in the tasks are not necessarily high. In addition, the flows can help enhance the quality of the buildings because the errors often happen in the uniform routine tasks,” explain Nicolai Nørgaard and Mathias Nielsen.

The thesis is a good example of the results that can be achieved when students elaborate on results from previous similar projects. Nicolai Nørgaard and Mathias Nielsen are building on the results of a graduation project by two Bachelors of Engineering who graduated earlier this year.

The results in thesis is developed in collaboration with the consulting engineering company Sweco where the use of Computational Engineering/Design is growing. Sweco has participated in a number of theses that explore this new way of accessing BIM in this semester alone.
The software company Strusoft.has also contributed with competences and has given Nicolai Nørgaard and Mathias Nielsen access to their development unit. This means that their work has contributed to the development of the version of FEM-design that was available during their project. 

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